As the first female LGBTQIA+ Director of the Temporary Works forum (TWf) , and Designated Individual for Temporary Works reporting Directly to Robertson's Board of Directors. Jemma shows you don't have to a stereotype to lead the industry forward.
Her mission is to raise awareness of temporary works (TW- the engineering behind health and safety onsite) by volunteering as board member of the TWf, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers in Scotland, and (previously) as member of the Hazzard forum Technical Committee. To share best practice with industry. E.g.
After several problems with cranes onsite and attending New Civil Engineer (NCE) roundtable' discussion on lifting, she identified an industry wide lack of knowledge on how to choose outrigger matts for cranes. She established a working group, produced a safety bulletin and issued a guidance document to industry. Asking matt suppliers to change the way they calculate their safe working load and a plain English guide on how to manage cranes for non-engineers onsite.
She's written articles for the TWf, yearbook, guidance documents and eLearning package on Temporary Works Awareness. Given talks at Construction Week 2022, IMechE, ICE and Construction News Webinar Optimising temporary works for sustainability and productivity.
She supports women by being a mentor, mental health first aider and is setting up a Women's Network at Robertson to address unseen barriers for women in Construction.
She encourages future engineers as an ICE STEM Ambassador, Chair of Industry Advisory Board of the University of the West of Scotland, and gives free lectures to universities, schools and colleges on careers and technical talks. She's recorded interviews and written articles for Girls Under Construction and the ICE careers page. Her book series 'Little Civil Engineer' encourages children (especially girls) to consider engineering and construction careers.